Deer Valley, World Cup and X Games
on January 9, 2007
Today a group of journalists and I met up with three-time Olympian Heidi Voelker and Deer Valley's Ambassador of Skiing to cruise the resort. We began by skiing off the Sterling lift. It was a warm sunny day with only a few people on the slopes. The groomers were soft, making it easy to hold an edge. We cruised groomers on Bald and Flagstaff Mountains before heading over to Empire Canyon. There we challenged our legs a little more by skiing the bumps on Solace. Then we decided to head over to the Snow Park side to check out the venue for the Freestyle International World Cup taking place being held Thursday thru Saturday. We watched a few athletes charge the bumps and practice their jumps. This weekend they compete in aerials and moguls for real at night under the lights, while the crowd jams out to live music by The Samples and The Wailers and cheers on the international athletes.
After that we cruised back over to Silver Lake Lodge for some lunch at Royal Street Café, the resort's full-service lunch spot. I filled my belly with a tasty pork sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich and called it a day.
Randy Reynolds was out shooting video of athletes training on the course for this weekend's World Cup competition. Check out the footage he was able to get from right alongside the moguls course.
Now I’m about to go off. I’m on my way to Tahoe for the X Games Qualifier. The X Games is an exciting competition offering a variety of sports with ski events such as Big Air, Slopestyle, Superpipe and Skier Cross. It will add even more excitement when Big Mountain skiing is in the mix. Then people will get to see what is really possible on a pair of skis. Big Mountain skiing is skiing the mountain the way that God intended it to be skied (He told me.). Skiing natural terrain with chutes, trees, rocks, and cliffs, athletes push their physical and mental abilities to ski lines most people wouldn’t think possible. These athletes like Julian Carr and Jamie Pierre are going as big as 150 to 250 feet. I’m pretty sure the X in X Games stands for extreme. If that’s not extreme, I don’t know what is!